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The primary crops in Madison County are Cotton, Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat. Milo is grown occasionally. The value of all crops in 2012 including nursery and greenhouse was $62,369,000. Truck crops for commerce are limited to small patches only a few acres, mostly strawberries, tomatoes, and sweet corn, with some melons, okra, squash, potatoes, beans, peas, and onions. There is at least one sod farm in Madison County and a few small greenhouses dealing in annual flowering plants.

Link to PDF file listing soil mapping units as Prime Farm Land in Madison County.

Link to PDF file listing the relative yields of each soil map unit in Madison County.

UT Seeding Guide

Field Corn (5 year average; 2008-2012) 19,820 acres grown, Yield 126 bushels/ac.

Cotton (5 year average; 2008-2012) 27,340 acres grown, Yield 952 lbs./ac.

Soybeans (5 year average;2008-2012) 33,600 acres grown, Yield 33.9 bushels/ac.

Milo - Only Occasionally Grown in Small Amounts

Winter Wheat (5 year average;2008-2012) 10,620 acres grown, Yield 61 bushels/ac.

           
    Madison County 10 Year Crop Summary  
           
    Crop 10 yr. Avg. Acres Harvested 10 yr. Avg. Yield/Acre  
    Corn 18,344 127.1  
    Cotton 29,500 885.5  
    Soybeans 31,389 33.7  
    Wheat 11,056 62.5  
           
    Individual Yield Data    
  Year Commodity Acres Harvested Yield/Acre  
  2005 CORN 10,000 120  
  2006 CORN 6,000 117  
  2007 CORN 20,500 88  
  2008 CORN 15,200 133  
  2009 CORN 18,700 148  
  2010 CORN 15,100 115.9  
  2011 CORN 17,700 133.9  
  2012 CORN 32,400 101.9  
  2014 CORN 29,500 185.8  
           
  2005 COTTON 44,200 880  
  2006 COTTON 47,400 942  
  2007 COTTON 33,600 500  
  2008 COTTON 20,500 1,054  
  2009 COTTON 23,000 899  
  2010 COTTON 28,300 933  
  2011 COTTON 38,000 815  
  2012 COTTON 26,900 1,062  
  2013 COTTON 16,800 863  
  2014 COTTON 16,300 907  
           
  2005 SOYBEANS 24,000 38  
  2006 SOYBEANS 25,000 33  
  2007 SOYBEANS 23,000 14  
  2008 SOYBEANS 44,500 35.5  
  2009 SOYBEANS 39,000 42.5  
  2010 SOYBEANS 36,000 28.8  
  2011 SOYBEANS 24,700 26.3  
  2012 SOYBEANS 24,000 36.5  
  2014 SOYBEANS 42,300 49.1  
           
  2005 WHEAT 2,800 61  
  2006 WHEAT 4,000 61  
  2007 WHEAT 7,200 43  
  2008 WHEAT 15,000 71.5  
  2009 WHEAT 9,900 56.5  
  2011 WHEAT 8,200 61  
  2012 WHEAT 11,000 62.3  
  2013 WHEAT 20,600 75.7  
  2014 WHEAT 20,800 70.2  
           

A New Problem:

After 20 to 30 years of no-till cropping West Tennessee is being threaten by pesticide resistant weeds resulting from years of using the same chemicals to control weeds in no-till. Farmers and conservationists are concerned that old tillage methods may be required to control the herbicide resistant weeds. Below is a picture of roundup resistant pigweed in a stand of soybeans.